CORONAVIRUS : Due to recent government directives, all courses have been postponed. If you have a day booked, please contact me.
Our blacksmith experience day is held at our forge dating from the 1830s, which is located in the London Museum of Water and Steam in Kew.
The classes will have a maximum of three students. The day will start at 10am with a 9.45 arrival time. There will be approximately 60 minutes for lunch, and the day will finish at approximately 4.30.pm.
The student will be given a hands-on introduction to the traditional craft of blacksmithing. The day is aimed at teaching the student some of the basic blacksmithing techniques by making two classic Blacksmith items, a hook and a poker, which they take away with them at the end of the day.
There are good road links, the M3/A316 to Richmond, then turn left to Kew and over Kew Bridge, and the Museum is just on the left hand side, or, the M4/A4 to Chiswick Roundabout, where it’s right to Kew , and the Museum is on the right hand side. Alternatively British Rail to Kew Bridge station, from where the forge is a five minute walk.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
You will have to supply your own lunch and drinks, (though there are local shops and an onsite café) and will need to wear long sleeved top and trousers, preferably cotton, but no man-made fibers. You will also need steel toe cap shoes/boots.
All other safety wear will be provided, as will the materials.
Please note: To re-book or cancel will require a minimum of 30 days notice prior to the booked date. In the event of a cancellation, there is a £40.00 administration fee.
Courses can only be re-booked if dates are available within that year, with a re-booking charge of £15.00.
Please see Craft Courses T&C's regarding verified gift voucher codes.
Neil Brown at Hot Metal Works
The London Museum of Water and Steam Green Dragon Lane Brentford Middlesex TW8 0EN
It was a fantastic day, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Neil was an excellent teacher and we got stuck straight in. By lunchtime, I had made an ornate coat hook from a plain piece of round steel, and by the end of the day, a fire poker from 10mm square steel. We progressed further than I expected in just one day. I will be going back for more advanced courses later in the year. There were only 3 of us in the class (the maximum Neil allows) and that allowed for a very personal experience.
All day hands on, fantastic day. Neil has chosen two objects to make that perfectly cover the basic techniques of blacksmithing, like how and where to target the heat, where to hammer, what extra tools to use, how to undo a wrong bend, etc etc. Great fun! I can highly recommend this course, and you can be assured you'll go home with some amazing self-crafted metalwork.
I had an amazing time on the course with Neil. He is a great teacher and helped us craft two amazing pieces, both useful and nice to look at. Would definitely recommend to anyone! Neil really did a great job of sorting and fixing mistakes I had made to finish the course with two amazing pieces I will treasure for ever.
This was an excellent day. Neil welcomed us and introduced us to the art of blacksmithing and was an excellent guide and teacher. I had been looking forward to the day for some time but enjoyed it even more than I thought I would and was surprised at how much we learned and what we were able to make on the day.
I cannot recommend this day highly enough, it was a great introduction to the art.
An excellent day as a "Blacksmith", which had always been an ambition of mine to try, but I never had the courage until my wife gave me a birthday present of this days experience.
Neil is a great teacher with an ability to get the most out of people. He is patient, encouraging, skillful and very supportive.
Cannot recommend the day highly enough.
I had a really great day blacksmithing with Neil. He was a great instructor and informative about techniques used as well as the blacksmithing process. Anyone looking to try blacksmithing should definitely look into doing this course.
Neil is a patient and very capable instructor and the day was very enjoyable. There was a lot of one to one time because Neil takes a max of 2 trainees on the day. If I had access to a forge near my home I would certainly want to do this more often - it's extremely rewarding.
Had a really wonderful day of blacksmithing - it's been a dream of mine for years to try it out and I finally did (and all my friends were really jealous)! Neil is a wonderful teacher and very patient, and knows exactly when to step in/give close guidance and when to take a step back so you really feel like you're learning (look! I did this bit all by myself!).
We made 2 beautiful pieces (a coat hook and a poker) and I'm so proud of them - I can see the imperfections, sure, but at the end of they day they're something that I created with my own two hands, which is something that I really value.
Only thing I would say is that it's VERY warm work and I picked a midsummer day to go... bring clothes you don't mind sweating in! (That is obviously the nature of standing near a forge all day though, so I probably should've figured!)
Thanks for the wonderful experience Neil - I'd do it again in a heartbeat (and bring all my friends).
I had seen a working blacksmith with my kids and knew I wanted to try... I found Hot Metal Works via an internet search and got in touch with Neil to arrange my one day course. The day was truly amazing. I learnt so many skills hammering, tapering and quenching the metal. I managed to produce two items under Neil's instructions. He was a great teacher and so knowledgable. The day was well structured and informative. Making something out of metal from scratch was an absolute joy. I recommend this course to all!
Had a great day at the forge. Neil was helpful and patient, going at our pace, offering encouragement and advice and helping us to understand how to work hot metal. I never knew I would be so proud of a poker! I would recommend this to anyone.
I had an excellent day on the forge experience , Neil was a great tutor and made the day fun and informative. I learnt so much one day. Highly recommend this course to get an insight into an ancient craft.
I cannot recommend this fantastic experience more highly. We had so much fun learning the basics of blacksmithing from Neil who was friendly, encouraging, helpful, knowledgeable and patient! We love the pieces we made and look forward to planning a return trip!
What an awesome day ... loved every minute of it! Neil was instructive and hands on all day whilst giving us plenty of time and space to learn and experience the craft of the blacksmith! We made some great pieces and will go back to learn more!